With the 2013 mayoral election in New York likely to produce a Democratic mayor supported by the teachers' union, education reform seems likely to join other major political disagreements in current U.S. politics, where the extremists dominate the debate and moderates have no forum.
Students can't learn if they are hungry. But if you're a child that missed breakfast because your family simply doesn't have the food or the money, you have something in common with about 16 million poor children in the U.S.
Working in the public trust must remain profound work. It has to mean an understanding that your work matters more than making widgets, and that the seriousness of purpose with which you undertake your work must matter.
Our country faces existential challenges, like rising income inequality, poor educational outcomes and long-term health costs. By rethinking how governments fund the agencies doing vital work, we can finally put the welfare of our citizens first.
Martin E. Segal, a legendary advocate of the arts in New York City, died on August 5th at the age of 96. What demonstrated his commitment to the arts perhaps more than anything else was his founding of the New York International Festival of the Arts.
At a time when everyone laments America's declining status as educator of its children, the resignation of Stuyvesant High School Principal Stanley Teitel is a dark day for all those who long for excellence in public education.
As the dog days of August approach, we collectively begin to redirect our attention from family vacations and summer camps to a return to school, complete with school supplies and new clothes shopping.